As you may have read from previous posts on this blog, I am continually trying to find things in San Jose that make the extravagant cost of rent worth it. Yes, there is the relative proximity to the city an hour's train ride away, and there is also the closeness to the already arrived awesomeness of Oakland, the sunny beaches and cool redwood forests of Santa Cruz, and the quaint coastal beach towns of the San Mateo coast, but what is in San Jose itself? I regularly lament the lack of cool spots in this flat farm sprawl of single family homes turned tech hub. Is it important for a city to be hip and cool? Am I just not looking in the right places, or is the biggest city in the San Francisco Bay dull compared to the hip, shiny products that come out of it? Okay, maybe I'm just feeling a little bitter about my rent. *end rant*
One bright light in this sea of mediocrity and tech mono-culture is San Pedro Square. A great group spot for parties, coffee meet ups, and first dates. Need a place to take your out of town business associate? San Pedro Square is the perfect place in San Jose. With almost twenty different options for food ranging from pizza to pho, there are affordable options for almost everyone. My favorites? Phonomenal Noodle House, Konjoe Burger Bar, and B2 Coffee.
While car-less me can just walk the two miles from my house, those burdened with vehicles can find parking in the multi-level garage across street and validation from a number of businesses inside. I love the long communal wood tables, the outdoor space, and the number of choices available for food. One positive for San Jose: a wide variety of cuisines are available in its innumerable strip malls.